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07/01/12

Iran: IRGC missile war games to begin on Monday

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

A three-day missile exercise of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, entitled the Great Prophet 7, will begin on Monday, according to the commander of the Aerospace Force of the IRGC.


Photos: Iran Test Fires 14 Missiles - June 2011

"During the war games, long-range, medium-range, and short-range missiles will be used and will be fired from different points across the country at 100 designated targets," Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told reporters during a press conference in Tehran on Sunday.

He also said that domestically manufactured missiles will be fired at bases modeled on airbases of the extra-regional powers, which have been constructed in the heart of the Semnan desert in north central Iran in order to allow experts to assess the precision and efficiency of warheads and missile systems.

On the country's latest missile achievements, Hajizadeh said that the domestically designed surface-to-surface Qiam (Uprising) missile has been mass-produced and will be used during the war games.

The Persian Gulf anti-ship missile, which has been produced by the Defense Ministry, will also be test-fired during the exercises, he said.

During the maneuvers, unmanned aircraft will carry out operations, he added.


Shahab 3 test firing in September 2009

Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that the IRGC has designed a new anti-radar ballistic missile, which has a range of 300 kilometers, travels several times faster than the speed of sound, and is able to destroy air defense systems and any base that transmits radar signals.

The early warning radar in Turkey, which is part of NATO's missile defense system, the proposed missile defense shield in the Persian Gulf, and Israel's Iron Dome air defense system are vulnerable to the IRGC's new ballistic missile, the commander of the Aerospace Force of the IRGC added.

On the sidelines of the press conference, Hajizadeh said that if Israel attacks Iran, it will be obliterated by Iranian missiles.

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